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Gynecology

Infertility

Having a baby is a natural desire for many couples. If you are having trouble conceiving, you’re not alone. Infertility affects 10% to 15% of couples in the U.S. While this diagnosis may seem devastating, it’s not necessarily the end of the story.

The OBGYN experts at Einstein Healthcare Network, in conjunction with our partner, Abington Reproductive Medicine, take great pride in helping couples find the root cause of infertility and provide compassionate, personalized treatment. Infertility can be due to the woman, the man or both. In some cases, it may be difficult to find a cause.

Common causes of female infertility include:

  • Blocked fallopian tubes or tubal disease
  • Endometriosis
  • Fibroids
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • Premature ovarian failure

Common causes of male infertility include:

  • Abnormal sperm production, function or delivery
  • Sperm damage related to cancer
  • Overexposure to environmental factors

A wide variety of treatments exist. Our specialists will create a customized plan for you.

Treatment options may include:

Your physician will remove eggs from the ovaries prior to ovulation and place them in a petri dish containing sperm from the husband or donor. After several days, the viable embryos are deposited into the woman’s uterus for implantation and pregnancy.

Assisted hatching improves the incidence of pregnancy in certain groups of women. During in vitro fertilization, the physician makes a small hole in the outer covering of the embryo to facilitate embryo growth and attachment to the woman’s uterine wall.

Commonly referred to as coculture, this state-of-the-art procedure involves placing a patient’s fertilized eggs on top of a layer of cells harvested from the woman’s uterine lining, creating a better environment for embryo development during in vitro fertilization.

Your team of specialists will discuss options concerning egg donation and surrogacy. For instance, the donor can either be known or remain anonymous. Your team will help you decide the best option for you and your family.

In instances of male infertility, intracytoplasmic sperm injection has helped many women get pregnant. During the procedure, a single sperm is placed directly into an egg.

During an intrauterine insemination procedure, the specialist deposits specially prepared sperm directly into the female’s uterus via a catheter. IUI allows the sperm direct access to the eggs, as the procedure bypasses the cervix completely.

In certain cases, advanced procedures aren’t needed to achieve pregnancy. When feasible, your team will prescribe medications that may aid in conception.

Preimplantation genetic diagnosis identifies any possible genetic defects within embryos.

In some cases, your specialist may need to perform a surgical procedure, like tubal ligation reversal or a myomectomy to remove uterine fibroids. In some cases, the procedure may be done using robot-assisted surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System.

Minimally-invasive procedures have many benefits to patients, including:

  • Smaller incisions that result in faster recovery
  • Reduced rate of infection
  • Shorter – or even no – hospital stay

 

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If you think you may be experiencing infertility, make an appointment to discuss your options with an Einstein infertility specialist today.

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